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Swimming in Siberia

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 00:46

The Cryophile winter swimming club brave sub zero water temperatures most of us would fear. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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The Cryophile winter swimming club of Siberia plunge into icy temperatures often 30 degrees Celsius below freezing. SHOWS: KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA (RECENT- OCTOBER- DECEMBER 2015) (REUTERS - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND MUST NOT BE STRIPPED OUT AND USED IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT OR PRODUCTION, OR USED IN ANY RE-EDIT OR CUT DOWN OF THE PRODUCTION) 1. VARIOUS OF STILL IMAGES OF SWIMMERS FROM THE CRYOPHILE SWIMMING CLUB STORY: The Cryophile winter swimming club of Siberia brave water temperatures most of us would fear. Swimmers dive in while the air temperature is often thirty degrees Celsius below freezing or lower. Some say the cold water has a positive impact on their health. With a small wooden clubhouse on the banks of the Yenisei River, the Cryophile winter swimming club - named after organisms that thrive in extremely cold temperatures - has about 300 members. These swimmers say they, themselves, flourish in air temperatures that often reach 30 degrees Celsius below zero or lower in the long months of a Siberian winter. Some members of the club say regular bathing in cold water has had a positive impact on their health. Yulia Klimenkova, 16, whose whole family are also members, says the cold water boosts her immunity and recently helped her get over a respiratory virus. Aged from under one year old to 79, the members include school pupils, engineers and retired construction or water utility workers. The club's spirit of fun includes pouring water on each other when celebrating Polar Bear Day at a zoo in a suburb of Krasnoyarsk, one of Siberia's largest cities.

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Swimming in Siberia

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 00:46